Skip to main content

Full text of "The Courts Of Europe V-Ii"

See other formats

COURTS   OF   PARIS,    NAPLES,   ETC*                2O7

espaliers, all kept in the nicest order, where all
their aged proprietors (for there are no young
people left) are busied from sunrise to sunset in
the various labours of gardening. Ours has a
spacious arbour and a summer-house. Our land-
lord being a florist, flowers cheer the eye in
the greatest part, of his grounds. Our next-door
neighbour is a furious Jacobin, for the present
quieted and turning his attention to the improve-
ment of his premises.

The town of Fontainebleau is large, but not
populous, because almost every habitation has a
large garden. It was originally built and increased
by the retired servants and pensioners of the
Court; and it was remarked at the beginning of
the troubles that the great destroyers, the most
violent demagogues, were the Bornes, viz., the
persons who subsisted upon the pensions and
legacies left or given them by princes or minis-
ters, and which they lived upon here. You will
say that this circumstance militates against my
idea of the natural gratitude of man.

We walked to-day through the forest on the
Nemours side. The crosses at the meeting of
roads are all thrown down and broken every-
where. There have been six thousand acres of
wood cut since the Revolution; but as there are